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The flu is coming for me. I can’t really be surprised. My ass was out in nothing but ripped stockings, short shorts and a poloneck on Wednesday night for P_Party. It was obviously a magical, queer and femme lovefest so I’m just gonna have to dope up on the meds before this escalates. I got things to do. Probably will be best to be more dressed for the weather going forward? We’ll see. ūüėÄ

Watching:

So I saw the trailer for Pose¬†and was instantly gagging! It’s a show following a young gay dancer who gets kicked out of his small town home to make it big in New York City. Sounds tired right? Well this gay stumbles upon a whole new world of the NY ball culture – voguing, “the category is…”, lavish costumes and the unshakable need to express through imitation. I’ve only seen one episode. The acting is a bit weak, but Ryan Murphy did the best thing by hiring a diverse and realistic cast which in my view makes up for it. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think. I have to stream it on those sites, so good luck.

I also fell into a Charmed YouTube rabbit hole this week. It was triggered by seeing the CW’s reboot of Charmed. TRAUMA!! It’s so awful I can’t even begin to… Uh. Whatever. Anyway, Charmed was epic and a very important part of my younger years. I still dream of having Prue’s powers and a spell book now and then. I’m just gonna pretend that this reboot isn’t happening.

Staying on YouTube, I’m so into The Narrative channel which brings great content and conversation specifically on some of South Africa favourite creators on ideas of identity, representation, creating our own African stories and letting go of Western ideas. So excited about what more will come from this.

Listening:

I finally compiled that Bushfire playlist I mentioned a few posts ago. It’s not all the artists on the line up¬† but it’s mostly the ones I got to see and fell in love with. If you don’t have Spotify… Angazi. Maybe try out the trial and see if you like it? It’s pretty dope. If you do have the far more superior music streaming app (wink), then go have a listen. It’s a lush Saturday afternoon listen.

Sound Africa released a new podcast episode this week titled ‘Brother,This Is Cape Town‘. It’s a story of an ex-convict (Bongani Dyalivana) who spent a decade in prison; how he got there, his longing for his father and starting over. Bongani actually co-produced the podcast himself and tells his own story in his own words. It’s such fantastic and real storytelling.

The OG of dirrty Xtina Aguilera’s¬†new album ‘Liberation’ is out today. I’ve been waiting for it. Dunno about y’all. Singles have been fire I’ve had them all on repeat. So let’s see if her full offering gives the same heat. Crossing fingers!

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

It’s not Youth Day weekend without some¬†Sarafina!¬†The musical hit is back and showing at Joburg Theatre until June 25th. I used to watch this film so many times growing up without fully knowing what went on or was going on at the time. A timeless classic. Definitely going to check out the stage production.

Pluck is showing at The Bioscope after debuting at the Encounters Film Fest. It looks at the always topical, always witty Nandos marketing campaigns from inception to being the leaders in the field.

Darkie Fiction¬†is performing live at Kitcheners tomorrow as part of a youth focused set of artists blazing the music scene. I’ve loved this duo since they came out with their catchy summer track ‘Selula’, and they just keep getting better. Other acts include Bonolo Thomas and Nouveaux.

It’s gonna be a campy poptastic broadway singing spectacle with the¬†Boston Gay Men’s Chorus¬†at Wits tomorrow night.¬† I didn’t know anything about this chorus before, but this particular concert happening in Jozi and Cape Town is to benefit GALA (Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action) so trust imma be there shimmying my shoulders off.

Keyes Art Mile still have their recurring weekly Art & Design Saturdays¬†event. I’ve only ever been to one and the TMRW Gallery has the coolest exhibitions through the use of digital mediums like VR and all the surrounding galleries and shops will be open. I think they have DJs too. Sounds like a cute Saturday sitch.

Sunday there is The Roots Music Concert at Nirox. It’s a Father’s Day vibe apparently (joy). Some of my faves are performing so I’m getting my ticket right now! Bongeziwe Mabandla, Sibusile Xaba and Urban Village are on the line up and it’s sure to be a delicious afternoon. God I hope the weather doesn’t get any funny ideas.

That’s that. Hope you all have a lovely weekend. That cold front is coming for everything so dress nice and warm if you’re gonna go out and play. Happy Youth Day and never forget those who stood up for themselves so that we could do the same. Check out Sifiso Khanyile’s doccie Uprize!¬†on the black consciousness movement that influenced the 1976 youth uprisings. It’s crazy good! Archiving at its best shem.

Happy Friday ‚̧

xo

ALN.

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Oh yea we in this bitch!! Whew. Is it me or did this week draaag. Apart from having a 2 day hangover (I know, I know. Do we ever learn?) I had writing classes which god bless them are the absolute best, but can be taxing. The imagination needs constant stimulation I tell ya. Definitely a daily practice of finding those stimulants from now on. Hope you had a good one though. Let’s get it in.

Watching:

Like I said. Week was a toughie, so the watching was on the minimum. I listened more than anything. Easier medium tbh. Omg. All I watched was a movie called The Invitation on Netflix on Sunday. It was one of those situations where you have no clue what mood you’re in so you go through titles, watch like 20 minutes and then realise you just can’t. Invitation had all the intrigue and creepy suspense. I think I liked it. Ending was NUTS!

That’s all.

Listening:

Yes, yes… More Super Soul Conversations with Mama O. They are my daily bread at this point. We don’t always have these conversations or even share our beliefs in divinity, energies/vibrations and the shit that makes us great. SSC is always a great input and outlet for just that. This week I listened to the one with Dr Phil about accountability, responsibility and forgiveness. Fave line: You can only control YOU.¬†Others you can inspire, others you can coach, others you can coax. A-ha. Amen. Hallelu. Overindulged with Marianne Williamson on her chat about returning to love. Simple and powerful. Also her daily prayers are the ones!

Music wise I pretty much allowed Spotify to guide me through my daily mixes. This week has been a lot of dark pop from The Japanese House, Shura and the likes. Yummy new age alternative vibes from Blood Orange, Broods and Kelela. These artist know how to write great pop songs.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

I’m not even gonna front. As much as I wanna r-e-s-t this weekend, I know I’m gonna pop off at some point. Tonight M.I.A.¬†is in town and performing at The Newtown Music Factory (old Bassline – thank God they are using that space!). She’ll be supported by some faves – Doo Wap, Dear Ribane, Phatstoki and Buli. A tour-de-femme of artists and performers. Obsessed! I cannot wait.

44 Stanley is doing a Friday Nights at 44. Never been to one but I guess they will have all the stores open. Nice cosy fire spots and music flowing through the whole space. My Friday is gonna be anything but mellow, but if you’re into it this sounds like a good one.

Encounters Documentary Film Festival¬†is still on going at The Bioscope. I’ll be checking out M.I.A’s doccie film there on Saturday. Be sure not to miss it.¬†Ayanda Mabulu¬†opened his latest exhibition at Kalshnikovv last night at First Thursdays. Didn’t manage to get a peep because it was so crowded but will go check it out. Looked liked a lot was going on in there. Think I saw Nelson Mandela doing the Nazi salute in one piece. Go see it!

Blvck Queer is hosting the Vibrate Higher Social Festival at Soweto Theatre on Saturday. Art, live music and panel discussions will be the order of the day to promote artists and entrepreneurs. I’m doing the Field Market at some point and probs will pop into VHSF. Never been to either so should be a god excursion.

La Santa Muerte is having this dope party where you can (read MUST) come in any alter ego of your choosing. Fur coats, french maids, blingy pimps and and and. Sounds like my type of party. I got wigs and stockings for days! Overcoats and Underwear will be a vibe.

I don’t have any Sunday situations on my radar so do hit me up. KCB has their standing karaoke jam¬†Khona Karaoke Sundays. Hot DJs and of course the Japanese art form of singing to words on a screen. Love.

Happy Friday peeps!

xo

ALN.

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I can’t believe it’s Friday again. This week has been shorter for me but physically felt long af. I like things but sometimes tend to forget my introverted and empath ways. Bushfire was all the things but I was drained shem. Officially bounced back today though. Let’s do drinks!!

JOKES! Here we go…

Watching:

Been on that Netflix this week.. big surprise. Apart from re-watching all of¬†Chewing Gum¬†with my cousins on Monday (there’s something so fun about watching people experience a show you love for the first time), I got hooked onto Netflix’s new docuseries¬†Explained. It’s no more than 20 so minutes long and freely goes into various topics of this world like; monogamy – it’s history and it’s relevance today, making designer babies through DNA manipulation and the effects that slavery still has on black folk in America. It’s very well produced and gets to the point with sharp visuals and interviews. They really should make a podcast version of the show, it could be equally enjoyed in just audio.¬†Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt¬†is BACK! The fallible gang in NYC has returned and they are trying they’re luck at adulting for another season. I’m only one episode in, but it’s a fave. Tina Fey can do no wrong in my eyes. Those characters!! Oh and Netflix is releasing the episodes in batches so don’t stress about the missing eps.

Besides TV – Coconut Kelz is telling it like she sees it (obvs in her car) in a new video. She’s coming for Euse-bias, trying to get in with the DA and questioning Siya Kolisi’s captaining. Riot as always! I can’t! Remember when I told you I was jamming to Mx Blouse‘s song Is’phukphuku on repeat (still am tbh), well the visuals are out and it’s a fave! Lewks on lewks! Dope choreo. The whole vibe nje is a mood. Hashtag Queer Domination!

Listening:

Th music festival gave me all the musical life so I didn’t really listen to much this week.¬†Listening to Salif Keita‘s Anthology album as I type this post. So good! So necessary. When I’m done with this post I need to hunt down the line up from Bushfire and follow all those artists. Some really great finds I could defs be into..

Obvs I had to get my life with Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations¬†podcast,¬†as I do every week. Her sit down with Amy Schumer was hella deep and made me like the funny girl a whole lot more. She is so candid! She gets to say “bitch” in front of Oprah. Imagine. It kind of inspired me to do a separate post on what they talk about. We’ll see…

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

So I’m not sure what this weekend holds for me (on account of being drained) but there are a few goodies going on in Jozi. Party wise, KCB (Kitcheners) has an insane lineup of my absolute faves at their Bitch Slap party tomorrow. I may be tempted because I’ve never with this line-up of Lelowhatsgood, Maria McCloy, Little Miss Kay and Your Uncle Gary. Hashtag Femme Power! La Santa Muerte in Melville is having their 90s party called Spice Up Your Life! This spot has become a fave, and the vibe is always good. They better play Spice Girls! If you go, send me a video if they do play my gals.

There is a Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition at Everard Read Gallery in Rosebank all weekend. So if you like plants and plants like you back (in no order), then check this one out. Rosebank has their Sunday Market and every first Sunday of the month the Locrate Market is in Soweto around Lebo’s Backpackers. Hopefully the weather allows. I’m keen on a new market vibe with hopefully some different food trucks. They always tend to be the same. Don’t forget it’s First Thursdays next week. Braam has Kalashnikovv Gallery, Once backpackers, Anotomy for She Said So and 99 Juta. Rosebank has the one stop shop of Keyes Art Mile and surrounding galleries in the area.

Encounters Documentary Film Festival is back this year at The Bioscope Cinema and at the Rosebank Nouveau. It runs until the 10th. This could be a great mellow solo Friday sitch actually. Check out the schedule here.

OK that’s it gang. Links are added for times, venues and the videos I’ve mentioned. Go wild. It’s June after all!

Happy Friday!

xo

ALN.

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I’m on my way to Swaziland to bring my fire and frolic among the hills and mountains of Ezulwini Valley. Bushfire 2018 is finally here. I was such an Eager Esther that I got early-bird tickets last year already (just as well, it’s completely sold out!). A few weeks back I wasn’t sure I was ready to get back into a tent after spending 5 days in one in the desert, but I’m ready to do it all over again with a new vibe. Being a festival kween I invested in a camper bed – it’s just a blow up on a 3 foot stretcher. A small luxury really. Now all I need are some side tables with drawers. ūüėÄ

I’ll give you the full run down when I get back. For now back to addressing the FOMO of it all. I’ll be across the border when this gets published, but let me share some events I’m bummed to be missing out on. This weekend is L-I-T in Joburg!

Watching:

 

This week was all about the Billboard Music Awards for me. I’m not a Royalist nor have I watched Suits so my inake of the Royal Wedding was limited to tweets, instastories and Facebook feeds. I sure loved how there were black folk being great all up in there. Get it Meghan.

The BBMAs were on Monday morning here and the first thing I woke up to was Normani doing that triple twirl hair flipping drop into an ass up up semi split!! She is not here to play with no one!! Bye Fifth Harmony! Fave. Kelly Clarkson’s voice is bananas. K-Pop is clearly a global thing. Xtina and Demi were shouting – love the song though. Dua Lipa needs some energy injected into her and Janet Jackson is G.O.A.T. I only really cared for the performances and some acceptance speeches. Oh… Taylor Swift is the Anne Hathaway of music. Really great gal, super talented and sweet but ya.

I obvs got sucked into a documentary again. This time by this 2015 doccie about the prison sentence that is Scientology. It’s nuts! Started by one man, made to be a religion to avoid taxes and snatch up money from it’s followers. All I knew about it was Tom Cruise and John Travolta but it’s so dark and sinister.¬†Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief¬†is on Netflix (I really need to check out other tv sources). Other than that I haven’t seen anything new new. Kimmy and Tituss are back and trying to adult May 30th, so that’s gonna be a crazy treat.

Listening:

 

Like doccies, I’m hooked on podcasts now. I can’t wait until they become a real thing in South Africa and the continent. Or maybe I’m just behind the times and American culture is saturating everything in sight. Tell me please!! I did find that Lady Skollie has (or had) a podcast called¬†Kiss & Tell¬†out and a few others focusing on hip-hop culture and comedians. I use CastBox for my podcasts, but there are a ton of other players.¬†Sound Africa¬†released a new one this week titled “Freedom For Sale“. I love how they used a Superbalist style sales banner for this episode. It looks at the major events of corruption surrounding the arms deals’ from during the apartheid era up until now with state capture and Zupta. Very well produced and edited. Ooh Ayiba Magazine has a list of African podcasts you can check out here¬†that I just found while typing this.

Music wise I discovered No√Īameko’s Goddess Vol. 1 on Sunday. A friend posted it on FB as a seven colours “playlist”. It’s so good. Perfect for an easy Sunday. Jazzy with all the right trimmings of soul. I need to delve into her earlier offerings, I really like her vibe.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

 

Like I said earlier. Joburg is doing the most this weekend. I tried to cover a mix of cool parties, foodie vibes, and the arts. Anything else I’m sure you’ll pick up along the way. I really only look for things myself or my friends are interested in. Do share if you have other things out of my radar.

So Glory vanished without so much of a goodbye. I know some of you knew and went to their last hoorah but I knew nada. Anyway, they are bringing their delicious Asian streetfood menu to Breezeblock tomorrow in Brixton. Damn I miss that chicken.

There is a special screening/exhibition at Hazard Gallery all weekend (25-27) of a dance film by¬†Thami Majela called A Last One In Color. This one is right up my alley. I’m all about dance films with artistic expression. I hope they show it again at some point. Bioscope please tu.

Tariro Foundation, which was started last year by a group of young exceptional young womxn are hosting an imbizo looking at the topic “Exploring contemporary barriers to success for African women and how they can be overcome‚ÄĚ is at Allan Gray tomorrow. It will have various speakers on the panel including newly appointed chancellor of Nelson Mandela University,¬†Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi. I really hope they do a Facebook Live for this one to reach those who can’t get there.

Feel Good Series is back again. My second favourite party in Joburg (after P_party of course) will be at Dorkay for its 10th installment tomorrow. I feel like I don’t have to tell you much, but go! It’s always guaranteed fun and the city views are a bonus. The Tennis Club is hosting¬†A Night of Talented Womxn¬†for the second time in Joburg tonight. Diverse local and now international musical talents will be doing their thang. Live performances and DJs from the best. Another monthly rooftop fave¬†Koolin’ In The City¬†is sure to tear it up for a Sunday vibe at 77 Commissioner. Expect drinks specials, daytime games like 30 Seconds and music from Jozi’s finest.

I wasn’t kidding when I said it’s going down. Month end madness. Make sure you dress warm, the sun we’re getting now is essentially just for light. All events have links for tickets, times and venues. My treat.

Have the best weekend lovelies!

xo

ALN.

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Well it’s winter. If this week was a movie trailer for the actual winter months – I want NOTHING to do with it. No ma’am! Keep your box office. Keep your popcorn. Keep your damn slushy. No!

By the feel of things this may be a ‘staying in’ type of weekend, but who ever really knows with Joburg. It has a mind of its own, and it’s best not to try figure it out. Opt in and out when you allow.

Watching:

This week has been hella busy. Work is being a bit of a mare at the moment and I also went and start a creative writing course on top of all this blogging as well as attend things. My watch-list is naturally on the decline. I did discover that Amazon Prime Video is in South Africa. I didn’t even know that. You guys are the worst! If you didn’t know – check it out. They also do their own original shows, films and doccies like Netflix. I did a throwback to Parks & Rec¬†while I was browsing through.¬†In the world of streaming options are clearly everything. I’ve barely scratched the surface tbh. Oh I did manage to finally catch the first episode of¬†The Handmaid’s Tale season 2. It’s a helluva lot. I’m taking it slow on this one. I cannot.

Listening:

I’m still on podcasts. They are just the tastiest things to consume in the car and at work. At work I just need to remember to not burst out laughing when listening to my new find called¬†Nancy. It’s a show that’s essentially a platform about the LGBTQ experience and highlights how no experience is ever the same for anyone. So far I’ve heard stories of coming out to an Asian mom – multiple times (sounds like my coming out to my Xhosa mom!), hunting down a gay porn movie star and a young closeted gay adolescent seeing themselves in a grown lesbian store owner and imagining for the first time what it might look like to being a grown up gay person. Representation! I was asked where I listen to my podcast, Spotify and Apple have them but I just use CastBox which is solely for podcasts. New this week I’ve been jamming to my friend Sandiso aka Mx Blouse‘s new killer track “Is’phukphuku” which also came out with his first video ever. It’s so good you guys. I’m obsessed. I also want every look in that video. Since jamming last week at Tennis Club with Carla and Spoek from Batuk I’ve also been all over their new album Kasi Royalty. It’s an instant party and a dream for playing while driving (or in the Uber).

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

As soon as I got to this section I realised it may not really be a weekend spent in doors. With the mumps pandemic going on in my friendship groups I really don’t know, but there are cute things going on that I’m keen on. Today is the start of the¬†Joburg Bubbly Festival¬†in Hyde Park which will be popping off all weekend. I think I’ll do a Saturday sundowner sitch if anyone else is going.

Before that I’m so excited to be attending choreographer Stella Dlangalala¬†movement class tomorrow morning. Saw a video on her insta and it is all I’ve wanted from dance. Can’t wait. Join if you wanna get the body doing thangs! Market Theatre has a new play starring John Kani called The Train Driver until June 3. Heard about this one from a lady in the writing class and she was raving.¬†¬†

Jozi Walks¬†is on it’s second year and doing walkabouts around 11 neighbourhoods in the city including¬† Soweto, Maboneng, Hillbrow, Newtown, Marshalltown and more. This is going on all weekend starting tomorrow.

Loads going on and next weekend will be worse! I’ll be in Swaziland for Bushfire so there may not be a #FOMOFridays next week. All the events I’ve mentioned have links to their FB events for times and venue info. Comment below and let everyone know if there’s anything else involving food, sunshine, music and good times. Kisses!

xo

ALN.

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I’m back in full swing! Fully re-integrated into society and loving it. I somehow managed to survive a full 5 day working week. How did we do it gang? The public holiday fiesta is sadly over. Sigh. Looking forward to a nice mellow weekend though.

We all know it’s Mothers Day on Sunday and this used to be a particularly hard day for me. Since seeing the medium it’s gotten a whole lot better knowing my mom is good where she’s at and showering me with blessings. You lot must have a good one with your beautiful mamas, they truly are everything! ‚̧

Ok let’s do what we came here for!

Watching:

 

Now that I’m back to being a social beast again I’ve barely watched much. I’ve been between Netflix and Showmax. I checked out Maya Angelou’s amazing doccie ‘Still I Rise‘. She’s featured in the film and shares her life from growing up in the racist American South to becoming an esteemed writer and poet who also sings, dances, acts and directs! She’s been lit. Like last week I stumbled upon another crazy animation that’s on Showmax called Animals. It’s an HBO show so you know it’s a strangely dark and hilarious mess. If you like talking animals who sort of act like people; like incestuous gay cats, clubbing sex crazed rats and steroid pumping pigeons… Ya gotta watch this show! I’m obviously hooked.

Listening:

 

I’ve mostly been listening to podcasts this week. Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations have been my daily bread. I guess I’m craving inspiration and a sense of greater thinking. You can blame the Burn. It’s been great hearing about other people’s struggles, triumphs and philosophies on life. RuPaul’s What’s The Tee is a constant. They have the best guests from Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton to the outrageous Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If anyone has a stash of great local content on podcasts please let me know. I only ever see radio show recordings. Doesn’t seem like a thing here yet. Music wise nothing much really. Just jamming to Christina Aguilera‘s new singles and patiently waiting for her first album release in 6 years coming in June. Finally! That last abum was a forgettable mess.

Doing (Weekend Tingz):

 

Been craving this weekend after an entire 5 day week! What’s the word Jo-hannes-burg?! I have a medium to busy af weekend. Today has has two things on my radar. After work drinks for sure, and the fact that Batuk are launching their new album Kasi Royalty tonight at The Tennis Club! Discovered this crazy and fun group, which includes Spoek Mathambo, at Bushfire one year and loved their whole flavour. So will defs pop in for a razzle there.

Saturday will probably have the regular brunching and crunching in catch ups and sunsets. Episode JHB has their last rooftop party (Episode Five) before full blown winter hits from 4pm at Negritude African Emporium. DJs, city views, good times for sundowners me thinks.The Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair is now labelled as the American Express Winter Fair. Seems to be getting bigger each year for them to land this sponsorship. This year sees Dr Esther Mahlangu (that’s right! Dr!) collaborating on some art works and international artist Yoko Ono who I think has works she’s been travelling with. Are they collaborating? The fair is on Saturday and Sunday at Nirox, I’m going Sunday. I don’t think there will be tickets at the door, so come correct if you’re into this vibe.

Sunday will have a ton of Mother’s Day things. I saw that Bioscope is having a whole day of movie screenings of some faves including Mermaids with Cher, Winona and Christina Ricci. Check their FB for times. It’s just Nirox for me, so let me know if anything else is happening in the city.

Events have links to the FB events for times and venue info. Be sure to comment below so we all know what’s good. Take it easy. Keep it breezy!

xo

ALN.

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